Agios Ioannis Chrysostomos
Christian faith and our Orthodox Church do not accept luck. There is no reference to faith in luck in the Bible and the works of the Fathers. The word “luck” is synonym for our ignorance of the causes of the phenomena or the events of life. There is neither goddess nor superpower called luck. Whatever seems to us random and coincidental always derives from a deeper reason.
Agios Ioannis Chrysostomos says that it is a bad thing and it is prohibited to believe in luck.
And he says, if luck forges the good or the bad, then why do you give advice to your children?
Everything will go to waste. If luck makes the rich and the poor, then there is no need for education, nor for struggles to gain money. If there is no God, who oversees everything, then there would be no order and harmony, not His providence. If there is no God, how did all this came into life? And if God exists, how does He overlook them? If He is the One – as it happens – who created the universe, then beware of disrespect and blasphemy!
If there is luck, there is no judgment.
If there is luck, there is no faith.
If there is luck, there is no God.
If there is luck, there is no virtue.
If there is luck, there is no harm.
If there is luck, it is no use doing things or enduring the pains.
One should admire the Wise, Righteous, and Divine Providence of our Almighty Father. Our heart should fill with gratitude and trust to the Almighty God and Creator of the world.
It is the faith that must make us strong and resolute in life, so that we may proceed in the way of virtue. It is the faith that gives us strength to overcome the difficulties, trials and tribulations, and sorrows.
The Divine Providence is for all the creatures on Earth.
*The article was originally published in Greek in ikivotos.gr